Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Jay Z — these celebrities & way more have all thrown themselves into urging people to vote and have publicly supported Hillary Clinton. They’ve done some serious service for democracy. Here’s why.
I often hear complaints that there is too much obsession today with celebrities and that celebrities contribute way too many selfies and not enough of importance to our culture. I couldn’t disagree more with this. Musicians, actors, and sports figures add enormously to our culture, introducing new ideas, artistry and inspirations all the time.
Now, celebrity critics couldn’t be more wrong when it comes to the enormous impact that stars from LeBron James to Nicki Minaj to Kylie Jenner have made in getting people, especially Millennials, out to vote.
Exercising the right to vote couldn’t be more important to the healthy running of a democracy and yet the U.S. has a poor record of voting participation. Just 60% of eligible voters typically cast ballots in national elections, and participation is even worse in local elections.
That’s why celebrities posting photos of themselves with their “I Voted” stickers displayed proudly on their chests, are performing a community service. They are making voting important and the “cool thing” to do. They are making apathy unstylish. And that’s a good thing.
Beyond that — the efforts that multiple celebrities have made to support Hillary Clinton, have been extraordinary. About the only A-list celebrity to get aboard the Trump-train has been Clint Eastwood, who’s been tweeting his support non-stop.
Meanwhile, Katy Perry performed at the Democratic National Convention and Demi Lovato spoke there. Beyonce and Jay Z headlined a concert in support of Hillary Clinton on Nov. 4 in Cleveland. “I want my daughter (Blue Ivy) to grow up seeing a woman lead our country and know that her possibilities are endless. We have to think about the future of our daughters, our sons. And that is why I’m with her,” Beyonce told the crowd.
Jay Z added, “So many people fought for these rights, so many people lost their lives for us to even have the opportunity to vote. I think we owe it to them. It’s a major disservice if we don’t get out and let our voices be heard.” So true.
Listen, the bottom line is that millions of people, particularly young people don’t get their news and opinions from political pundits on TV or from the editorial pages of national newspapers.
But they do listen to the stars that they admire.
When Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry visited George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, they helped motivate young voters. When revered figures like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Lady Gaga show their support for Hillary Clinton by headlining concerts for her — that motivates voters of all ages and backgrounds.
So, for all the celebrity naysayers — say no more. Celebrities are using their star power in the most impressive way possible. They have pushed citizens to participate in the most important election of modern times.
HollywoodLifers, have you been impressed by how celebrities have urged America to vote this election? Let us know!